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by Crispin Kott

11 May 2011

Let’s say you knew nothing more about the Hamptons than the area’s tabloid reputation as a vacation destination for rich white people doing the kinds of things rich white people do on shows like Gossip Girl and Royal Pains. If either of those shows had a music festival headlined by real-life actual artists, the headliners would be Vampire Weekend and Bright Eyes, right? Of course they would.

The inaugural MTK (Music to Know) Music Festival just released its real-life actual lineup, and sure enough, the headliners are Ivy League yuppiebeat progenitors Vampire Weekend and Conor Oberst’s Bright Eyes, who eight years ago appeared on the yuletide soundtrack to the distant cousin of Hamptons-based TV shows, The O.C..

by Jane Jansen Seymour

9 May 2011

Moby’s only scheduled performance in the U.S. will be Thursday, May 12th at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City at 7:00 p.m. The evening includes an interview hosted by John Schaefer, host of WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, as well as a preview of songs from the new release due May 17th, Destroyed. There will be a screening of Moby’s self-directed/produced Be the One EP videos and copies of his new book of photography available, also called Destroyed. Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $10 ($6 for members). Seating is limited; advance purchase recommended through

A video for one of the new songs, “The Day”, was recently posted on YouTube. Directed by Evan Bernard and eyeball, the eerie hospital scene features Heather Graham, Moby’s friend and new neighbor in Los Angeles. Graham is seen as a nurse and then an angel conquering demons in a metaphysical battle of good vs. evil. It’s one of the few tracks from Destroyed that Moby actually sings on, with a sweeping chorus inspired by David Bowie and Brian Eno’s production of Low and Heroes.

by Thomas Britt

6 May 2011

6th May - Modesto, CA - Deva Café (Off The Air)
7th May - Visalia, CA - Velouria Records Instore (Free show) 
7th May - Los Angeles, CA - Lot 1 - 1533 W Sunset Blvd
12th May - Houston, TX - Chelsea Wine Bar
13th May - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
21st May - New York Pop Fest - Santos Party House
31st May - Madrid - El Sol
1st June - Huesca - C.C. Matadero
2nd June - Barcelona - Catwalk
3rd June - Valencia - Matisse
4th June - Zaragoza - CAI Independence

by Jyllian Gunther, Isaac Miller, Kevin Greer, Amy Carroll

28 Apr 2011

See complete Full Frame coverage here.

We as a filmmaking and film-going species are clearly interested in environments, built and found. Kaspar Astrup Schröder’s My Playground features the emerging sport of parkour, or “freerunning”. The film follows a group of young Danish parkour athletes called Team JiYo as it travels to Japan, China and the US to connect with and run along side other like-minded human monkeys.

Two things are required for this sport: motion and architecture. Bodies (no boards, no wheels, no sails and definitely no safety nets) hurtle through parking lots, modernist housing projects and the curious formations in public squares. The athletes are for real, organized around “clubs” and a shared ethos, but without leagues, competitions or clothing label sponsorships.

by PopMatters Staff

26 Apr 2011

There are some pretty massive names atop the lineup this year, with Eminem, Coldplay and Foo Fighters as the top of the bill headliners. We’re happy to see PopMatters faves Cee-Lo Green, Lykke Li and Ryan Bingham on there. Here’s the initial list of booked artists…

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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